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Bat luck
Friday 10 December 2010, 10:07 am
Filed under: - Jo, Desirables, Off the Racks | Tags: , , , , ,

It’s very dangerous to make a bold claim of creating things that “challenge the notion of its usage” and “does not conform to traditional shapes” for all to see. But Hoiming – a design duo from Hong Kong has been pumping this notion into all of their leather bags and accessories since 2006.

While bats have been in the background of Halloween decoration and possibly freaking out the half the kid population of Western families, they are wholeheartedly embraced by the Chinese. Why? Because its pronunciation sounds similar to that of “good fortune”.

They’ve been in paintings because they symbolize blessings, and now in Hoiming’s amazingly shaped, pleated and hand-stitched leather creations. Apart from the slightly creepy necklace and brooch designs, it also comes in what Hoiming does best – bags.

Although small, it still embodies the creased wide-winged shape and made so modern. I love how the shots are upside-down just like how bats hang!

They have also done these raining rose leather corsages which look great as a large, singular entity, unlike a floral bouquet that heaps of other designers are fond of.

And then, there are these cute clutch bags called clouds. Love how the designers translated wispiness into layered, scalloped leather pieces on a dumpling-shaped bag. And while its name brings to mind soft, blue skies and cotton candy, the colours chosen are a stormier dark blue and black. So wickedly cool.

My favourite from their archives is this bag-and-jacket mutation from 2008 – a sleeve to go over the shoulder and pockets to fit your hand with lots of room to spare. It truly epitomizes their brand philosophy of creating bags with reason and surprises. I need me some time-transportation and money-multiplying capabilites. How can I ever ever get my hands on this?!

Multi-label store Front Row celebrated their 5th anniversary last weekend, and Hoiming is part of the slew of new labels from all over the world to hit our sunny shores to mark the occasion. The bat, cloud and rose styles are in store now. Can’t wait for more of Hoiming’s amazing pieces in future!

Picture credits to here and here.

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Well-heeled #1: Full speed ahead

Sarah and I love shoes, but not crazy enough to bankrupt ourselves on a pair of YSLs and chase the hottest off the runway ala Jane from Sea of Shoes (we would literally swim in her sea of shoes). Here’s 4-part series of heels that deserve just as much of our attention, and are a little more attainable for us mere mortals.

I am usually not in favour of anything that reminds me of cardiovascular activities (ew, persipration!), and no, try as they may, there is no way that running shoes and trainers look drop-dead-gorgeous or heart-wrenchingly desirable on anybody who’s taking them any further from the track or gym.

This is why it is imperative for a sportwear brand to really rip apart every traditional notion of a sports shoe, do away with performance, keep the comfort, then piece them back with lots of useless but aesthetically-cool (really, that’s all we need) findings, and no less than a four-inch heel.

Puma has been doing an admirable job of that, especially with Hussein Chalayan for its Urban Mobility collection. Sarah was (and still is… if I’m not wrong!) lusting after this fine suede and leather being here.

Prior to this, there was also this pair by the late Alexander McQueen. Love the contrasting leather panels, how it wraps around the wedge, and cut-outs round the ankles.

Adidas has Japanese designer, Yohji Yamamoto to thanks for the nearly decade-long collaboration in the form of Y-3. This season’s fancy footwear includes a high-cut boot wedge with pretty unconventional lacing…

And an elastic lace-up heel that bravely breaks away from the sneaker-wedge stereotypes. This I like.

In case you were wondering how to rock shoes these, just do as Betty does.

If you’ve got any secret shoe favourites, do share!

Picture credits to here, here, here, here and here.



Outfit bits
Wednesday 8 December 2010, 4:05 pm
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My outfit felt a bit disjointed that day at Topshop Knightsbridge’s pre-opening party, what with Christopher Kane x Topshop’s crocodile tee, a torn and tattered Cheap Monday oversized sweater, a really old pair of wedges… so I bring you photos in odds and ends.

Also, my sister’s adorable shoes.

Quick abrupt post, pretty much describes how I’ve been zipping around town and home today. And also, I most probably will be starting work next week! Whee!



Back from Tokyo, Japan
Tuesday 7 December 2010, 11:34 am
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Just wanted to drop a quick update to say that I’m back from the land of the rising sun, back from Mount Fuji, sushi, cat cafes, bright neon lights, pachinko, boots and fake eyelashes.

The weather warranted layers upon layers of clothing. And I did mostly sight-seeing rather than shopping.

Can’t wait to go back with more shopping allowance 😀

More photos coming soon.
Stay tuned!

Sarah



Patterns
Monday 6 December 2010, 11:16 am
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How better to start the week, than to talk about Fridays.

Two Fridays ago, my boyfriend and I were running around Chinatown and Ann Siang Hill checking out what’s changed in this part of Singapore we often neglect.

We went into The Little Dröm Store for the first time, and I felt it necessary to take back a little something with me, no matter how useless – like these ultra-fashionable five stones, which I hand-picked from a jar with at least twelve different patterns and contrast stitching. I decided on a black and white striped and polka-dotted one to coordinate with what I was wearing that day – a striped boatneck tee and my bubble wrap and jersey neck piece.

I loved playing five stones when I was in primary and secondary school. We used to have different levels (up to… 22 I think?) and then we’d play the same levels with one hand, with our left hand and so on. Anybody remembers the game sequence? I am only sure of up to um… level 4, haha. Please help my five stones are getting lonely :/

I’m not sure where the game originated from, and I’m quite sure kids nowadays don’t play it, as evidenced by my sister’s play things.

We also had a beautifully striped (fine… layered) strawberry and champagne mousse cake and a pot of earl grey from Kki – a stylish and delectable little cake and cafe corner that resides within the Little Dröm Store. I desperately need to go there again!

While making our way back we walked along the back alleys. This group of expats paused at this amazing wall and one of them said, “I don’t know about you, but I think if we want to make a lot of money we should go into air-conditioning”.

As they say, the Carrier man can!



Leather in small doses
Sunday 5 December 2010, 10:11 am
Filed under: - Jo, Desirables, DIY, Off the Racks | Tags: , , , ,

There are leather pants, leather leggings, leather t-shirts, leather dresses – we’ve almost seen all the possible leather clothing derivatives thanks in part to the 80’s, Topshop, and Celine.

However I’m quite convinced that we needn’t be suffocating our pores (especially here in Singapore – do you suffer for fashion?) when we try to work leather into our outfits.

Small leather bits like these look so good, and work so well with just about… everything! Here is a leather and coconut necklace by Norwegian Wood, where you can channel tribal without looking like Pocahontas, and below, sleeker and simpler (also cheaper!) geometric alternatives by Super Duper Things.

Actually, I’ve already snapped these two babies up before you did! They are called Arrows and Rhombus. But if you like you can take this bunting necklace and have a party round your neck.

Just in time for Christmas!

Picture credits to here and here.



Hansel’s new home
Saturday 4 December 2010, 9:39 am
Filed under: - Jo, Off the Racks | Tags: , , , , ,

Walking into hansel’s new home in Mandarin Gallery #02-14 is kinda like walking into a fantasy dollhouse. Incredibly made up with everything hand-drawn, it’s cute and kitschy, but so well executed, grown women who are really adoring fans of the 7-year-old label buy the heartfelt effort hook, line and sinker.

The floor-to-ceiling sharpie on paper drawings and props make you wanna linger, and try just about everything on the sales floor, especially pieces from the current season, which you saw here.

My favourite of all – a long-sleeved laced sweater priced at S$129, also available in a sleeveless top and short-sleeved dress. Love the contrasting black and cream! I’m thinking if it were to be all cream, it might be granny, not girly.

Annddd….. The ballooons!!!!!!!!! They’re stuck to the ceiling!!!!!!! How cute is thatt????????

Sigh. I wanna redecorate my room like that, just that nothing really functions.

Also in store are adorable knick-knacks like eyeglasses cards and yummy accessories set on exquisite hand-drawn paper silverware.

Like Laila of Rock the Trend tweeted, hansel is kinda like Singapore’s Moschino – quirky and girly all at the same time. You can see that in designer, Jo Soh herself, and her fans as well!

From left to right, myself, Qin (Qin at the Disco), X-wen (Fash Eccentric), and Dottie (D for Dot) (who was also guest-tweeting for Mandarin Gallery that night).

Sooo here’s my suggested itinerary for this weekend: First to Mandarin Gallery for Hansel, then to Topshop Knightsbridge just across the road. Yeap that should busy you for most of the afternoon. Don’t bring your boyfriend along, unless he’s very patient and also The One… who pays for your shopping! 😛